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Eric Clapton for it. He also told
me Andy insisted it was the guitar
that recorded "All Right Now."
Cozy Powell coined the name at
a session after I plugged it into a
Marshall.

How and when did you become
associated with Cozy, Gary Moore,
and Don Airey?

Mayall/Eric Clapton Blues Breakers LP,
which was the "Oh my God" moment
and inf luenced every rock guitarist. The
Yardbirds with Clapton and Beck were
producing the kind of rock everyone
aspired to. Plus, I saw Freddie King in '69.
It was a great period for learning - seeing
and hearing Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Derek
and the Dominos... they all had a major
impact on me and every guitarist on the
planet since.
How did you get the job with UFO?

They posted a "Musicians Wanted" ad
in Melody Maker. I applied, but was "not
suited to it," according to their manager.
I was like most in the '70s - long hair and
jeans. But, a new manager contacted me
later and I went back with my Firebird,
actually played for them, and got the job.
That was in November of '72.
UFO and me didn't really get along.
Within a few months after contributing to
the Phenomenon album, I asked Michael
Schenker to replace me and I was gone.
Looking back, it wasn't so bad - UFO
did give me the break I needed. I gained
a following, and I will always be grateful
for that.
What was the story with Wild Turkey?

Glenn Cornick invited me to join, and
it was a much better vehicle for me as a
guitarist and writer. Sadly, I didn't record
with them except for BBC radio. But it was
another good move, working throughout
the U.K. and Europe with gifted players.
You were with Wild Turkey when
the '59 Les Paul known as The Beast
entered your life, correct ?

Yes, it was near the end of Wild Turkey.
We were playing a gig in the Marquee
Club when a guy showed up, looking to

(ABOVE) Marsden with a signature
PRS. (RIGHT) Marsden's '59 Les Paul
Standard - known far and wide as
The Beast - bears serial number 9
1914. Acquired in '74, he used it on
sessions with Ringo Starr, PAL, Cozy
Powell, Whitesnake, and at Abbey
Road with Jack Bruce in 2013.

sell this Standard. I plugged
it into a Marshall Super
Lead 1959 with a single
cabinet, and instantly
knew I had to have
it. We made a deal;
it was a tough thing
as I had very little
money, but the guitar
was so good.
After we completed
the sale, the guy told me
the guitar had a Clapton
con nec t ion, but I
learned the whole
story only a couple of years ago
when I s aw
Martin Henderson, who
e x pl a i ne d
how he
bought
the guitar
from (Free
bassist)
A ndy Fraser. Andy had
bought it from
Pau l Ko s s of f,
and Paul had either
bought or traded with
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Cozy and I met when his band,
Bedlam, played a gig with Wild
Turkey. We got along very well, had
similar interests, and I was aware of
his playing in the Jeff Beck Group. A
few weeks later he phoned to offer
me a job in his new band, Hammer.
Cozy was a very talented drummer.
My first job with him was on the BBC
TV show "Top of the Pops," where we
played "The Man in Black." Later, I
used The Beast for the first time on
the same show with the third hit,
"Na Na Na." Don Airey was also in
Hammer, and that's how I met him.
Cozy once invited Jeff Beck to a
Hammer show in Purley, south of
London. Jeff was great; he saw my
'Burst and immediately asked if it
had been a Clapton guitar. He sat
with it and played "Scatterbrain"
through my Fender Champ. It was
mesmerizing!
There's quite a bit of talk about
The Beast and the connection
with Eric Clapton.

Another person
who asked about
that was Jack Bruce,
during sessions for
my solo album. Jack
looked at the guitar
and said, "Hello, old
friend." I worked with
Jack f rom his last
album, Silver Rails,
in 2013. He was a
fabulous musician and I'm
fortunate to
have played
with them.
W h a t
did you
do af ter
Hammer?

I was
asked to
join a decent ba nd
c a l led Babe
Rut h, which
was big in Canada
and did well in the


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